Mike Haynes

Russia: Putin's Place in the New World Order

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Upheavals in the former Soviet Empire have added to Vladimir Putin's headaches.

Vladimir Putin has many things to be grateful for but the situation along Russia's southern borders is not one of them. The so called 'rose revolution' in Georgia in November 2003, the 'orange revolution' in the Ukraine in 2004 and now the 'tulip revolution' in poverty-stricken Kyrgyzstan in 2005 have all complicated his life. When the USSR disintegrated into 15 parts in 1991 the new states around Russia's borders became known in Russia as its 'near abroad'.

Pawn Cocktail

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Review of 'Behind the Scenes at the WTO', Fatoumata Jawara and Aileen Kwa, Zed Books £12.99

After Seattle the secretive politics of running the world economy would never be the same again. When the fifth ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) brought together delegates from 146 countries in the Mexican holiday resort of Cancun in September, the Mexican government provided 5,000 police and 15 miles of steel fencing to protect them and, for good measure, anchored three warships off the coast.

The Limits of US Power

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The world's only superpower combines military strength with economic and political weakness.

Is US power sweeping all before it? The rapid defeat of the Taliban regime is seen by supporters of US policy as a vindication of the Afghan war and a confirmation that US might is invincible. US leaders are hardly likely to disagree. It is only in legend that kings like Canute show the world the limits of their power. George Bush will not be found on a seashore commanding the sea to go back. He needs the world to believe that there are no limits to US power.

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